Accompanied only by his piano, Grammy award-winning recording artist and philanthropist John Legend performs the soulful "Wake Up" and "Shine" from his album, Wake Up!, including a song that appears on the soundtrack to the documentary Waiting for Superman. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Culture, PopTech 2010
2009 PopTech Fellow Deb Levine founded ISIS - Internet Sexuality Information Services - in 2001 to promote sexual health. Using the web, mobile phones and other media, ISIS gives people private and convenient access to information on critical health issues like HIV prevention and unplanned pregnancies. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Education, Technology, Fellows, PopTech 2009, Social Innovation Fellows...
Imogen Heap plays a stripped-down version of what she says is her most popular song, "Hide and Seek." It came together by accident one night when her computer died and she was forced to look at her instruments in a new way. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Art, Environment, PopTech 2010
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. Here, the award-winning writer shares a story about how networked technologies can alienate us from nature and the things that matter most. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Technology, Literature, Internet, Climate, PopTech 2009
Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer discusses the surprising power of being present during everyday activities. "We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don't have to accept them at all." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, mind, PopTech 2013, psychology
According to Steve Barr, the fastest way to fix education in America would be to make private schools illegal. As the founder of Green Dot Public Schools, Barr is devoted to improving public education in blighted cities. His efforts have transformed high schools across Los Angeles into charter schools that send nearly 80% of students to college. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Education, PopTech 2009, Urbanization, Governance, Youth
Author Jonah Lehrer explores the power of outsider intelligence. At PopTech 2009, the best-selling author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, notes that, paradoxically, lacking expertise on a subject can be an asset. "It's what allows us to see the connections, to see the problems that no one else can see." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Mind, Science, Innovation, Neuroscience, PopTech 2009
Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini started a satirical television show, Parazit, broadcast on Voice of America. Today, it is an international phenomenon, drawing more than 700,000 followers. They use the power of satire combined with content from citizens on the street to expose injustices happening across Iran. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, PopTech 2011, Culture, Politics, Democracy, Journalism, Funny
Sinan Aral's two areas of interest are behavioral contagions and causality. He believes that if we can understand how behavior is spread in a population, there's the potential to promote good behaviors such as condom use and tolerance and to deter behavior like smoking and violence. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Culture, PopTech 2010, Psychology
Renowned curator Pedro Alonzo sits down with preeminent street artists Swoon and Vhils, and Fame festival organizer Angelo Milano to discuss the issue of agency in reclaiming public space in the name of art. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Art, Creativity, Culture, Geography, PopTech 2014
Tony Orrico, visual artist, performer, and choreographer, uses his own body to inscribe geometries on paper. Through physically exhausting performances involving highly choreographed motions, Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2011, Art, Play
Daryl Collins asked families in developing countries who live on $2 a day to track their income and expenses in a financial diary. She learned that these families have rich financial lives but are confronted with sporadic cash flow and lack of appropriate financial tools. As a result, this inhibits their ability to manage money and plan for future generations. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Development, Africa, Finance, PopTech 2010, BoP, Economics, Poverty
Economic commentator and author Tim Harford presented a creative, challenging perspective on financial systems, drawing upon examples from oil rig explosions to nuclear disasters to make his point. He believes that by studying the triggers of major engineering accidents, we can draw lessons on how to help prevent crises in the financial world. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Business, Economics, Finance, Governance, Journalism,...
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books: The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. In this moving story, the award-winning writer shares a chance encounter between migrants in western Wyoming. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Environment, Literature, Science, Geography, PopTech 2009
Eli Pariser explores how ideas move in the networked economy. As the board president of MoveOn.org, he pioneered many practices of online organizing. Now, Pariser is focused on the social and political impact of the personalized web, examining the role that filters - both cognitive and software-based - have in shaping what information spreads, which he refers to as the Filter Bubble . Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Culture, Politics, Data, PopTech 2010, Activism, Internet
Jessica Lawrence talks about what she has learned about leadership from early teenage miscues through her tenure with the Girl Scouts of the USA and on to running NY Tech Meetup, the world's largest meetup with over 40,000 members. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Learning, PopTech 2014, Society, Technology
Anab Jain talks about design in a future world of insect cyborgs, mass surveillance, DNA monetization and guerilla infrastructure. "This sort of speculative work explores the remarkable potential of technology and its new experiential aesthetics." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2013, Technology
Google's Regina Dugan shares an incredibly moving personal story about her most important fight and how the lessons she learned during those dark days have shaped her worldview. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Activism, PopTech 2014, Psychology, Stories
A leader in both science and social innovation, Dr. Hayat Sindi launched i2, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity at PopTech 2011. Dr. Sindi created the institute to bridge the gap between education and opportunity in the Middle East. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, PopTech 2011, Science, Development, Entrepreneur, Activism, DIY, Youth,...
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, designer, artist and writer, explores the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging technologies, especially synthetic biology. Her projects open up a creative space to imagine the potential scientific triumphs and disasters on the horizon. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2011, Art, Biology, Innovation, Emerging Tech
Kathryn Schulz is an expert on being wrong. The journalist and author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error," says we make mistakes all the time. The trouble is that often times being wrong feels like being right. What's more, we're usually wrong about what it even means to make mistakes--and how it can lead to better ideas. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Business, Psychology, PopTech 2010
Alan Rabinowitz overcame a debilitating stutter to lend his voice on behalf of big cats. After creating the world's first jaguar sanctuary and world's largest tiger reserve, the wildlife biologist now calls for new models of conservation that rely on wildlife corridors to allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, PopTech 2010, Sustainability, Ecology, Big Systems, Activism
Lisa Aziz-Zadeh explores the complex relationship between emotions, physical movement and brain activity. "Our bodies are the frames that our brain uses to understand other people." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, brain, PopTech 2013, Science Fellows 2013
Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Evolution, PopTech iceland 2012
Arvind Subramanian explains that China's ascendance is not approaching but already upon us. The country's growing dominance will be more imminent, broader in scope and greater than previously imagined. He asks us to imagine a world with, not the G20, nor even the G2, but the sole G1: the reality is that China will rule the world. What does this mean for an increasingly vulnerable United States? Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Economics, Culture, Politics, Geography, Governance,...
2010 Science and Public Leadership Fellow Justin Gallivan is amazed by bacteria. You can get them to do almost anything. For instance, e. coli bacteria can be programmed to eat atrazine, a widely used herbicide that contaminates ground water. The key? Being able to program them to solve pressing eco-challenges. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Fellows, Science Fellows 2010, Environment, PopTech 2010, Water, Ecology
Erik Hersman asks us to shed outdated notions of Africa as a unified place plagued by starvation and war. Between mobile phone innovations like M-PESA, social networking like MXit and entrepreneurial spaces like Maker Faire Africa, Hersman sees innovation and entrepreneurship exploding within some of Africa's--and the world's--fastest growing economies. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Economics, Culture, Development, Africa, DIY
Fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Connor and 14-year-old prodigy fiddler Ruby Jane Smith share the 2009 PopTech stage. Together they mesmerize audiences with the duets that play tribute to the spirit of Americana music, at times slow and melancholy, and others rousing and lyrical. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech 2009, Culture
Justin Gallivan is an Emory University chemist who explores the boundaries of biology by engineering bacteria to behave in predictable ways. Gallivan's research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for complex challenges such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Living Systems DC Salon 2010, Engineering, Environment, Funny
Amy Cuddy revealed that we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies. Her research participants had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol after only two minutes in a "power pose". Cuddy asked if such findings can have wider implications for empowerment training. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Psychology
Yossi Sheffi explores the various flavors of redundancy, simplicity, flexibility and communications strategies businesses employ to make themselves resilient. "These are the most dangerous things; the things that have severe consequence and low probability...These are the events one worries about when one has to run a large organization." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Behavioral economics, Business, Governance, Mobile, PopTech Iceland...
Krista Tippett hosts her popular radio show "On Being" live from the PopTech stage with regular contributors Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin as they discuss the human aspect of rebellion. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Activism, Faith, Journalism, Literature, PopTech 2014, Psychology
What if you were completely conscious but couldn't move or speak? Neuroscientist Adrian Owen and his team have been using brain-imaging techniques to determine levels of consciousness in vegetative patients. By giving simple commands and then measuring brain activity, Owen has learned some patients are completely aware despite being entirely unable to communicate or move their limbs. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Health, Medicine, PopTech 2010, Mind, Neuroscience
Renowned scholar and critic Sarah Lewis contemplates the power of wonder and the importance of the arts not just as a luxury but also as a dynamic force behind some of the most impactful changes in human history. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Art, Creativity, Culture, Literature, PopTech 2014
Director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab Carlo Ratti wondered if there was a way to create a small, inexpensive, scalable, self-organizing system to help remove the oil after the Gulf oil spill. He discusses the inception of Seaswarm, a fleet of low-cost oil-absorbing robots in his PopTech 2010 talk. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Ecology, Water, PopTech 2010, Innovation
Breakthrough artist Shantell Martin invites viewers on a tour of her unique, flowing, ever-evolving style, expressed lately through just a simple black pen. "I don't know where the pen is going. The pen is going and I am just following." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Art, PopTech 2013
As General Manager for Nike's "Considered" team, Lorrie Vogel is conducting pioneering research in sustainable product design. Vogel says that green design requires fundamentally altering Nike business practices - which would dramatically cut waste, boost the use of eco-conscious materials, and transform social attitudes around consumption. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Business, Sustainability, Innovation, Green, PopTech 2009
Tulane ecology professor Michael Blum has been at the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill response and clean-up efforts. In his PopTech talk, he analyzed the operational, organizational and technological failures that led to the accident as well as the community's resiliency in its rebuilding efforts. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Water, Ocean, PopTech 2010, Resilience, Ecology
Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Ecology, Art, PopTech 2009, Sustainability
Biologist Willie Smits has spent the last thirty years searching for ways to restore fragile ecosystems. From his home in Indonesia - a leading producer of greenhouse gases - Smits has discovered a method of sustainable energy production: using the forest to generate biofuels with a carbon-positive impact. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Technology, Energy, Climate, Ecology, Green, PopTech 2009
Buddhist Geeks’ co-founder Vincent Horn describes a personal journey that took him from contemplative neophyte undergrad to mind-hacking technophile who brings together Silicon Valley and Buddhist tradition in a unique attempt to reduce the world's suffering. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Brain, Community, Faith, Mind, PopTech 2014
Sarah Fortune, TB expert, and Lukas Biewald, CEO of the crowdsourcing start-up, Crowdflower, pair up through PopTech to crowdsource a task best done by the human eye: cataloging TB's bacterial cells. This collaboration has the potential to democratize the economics of science and basic scientific discovery. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2011, Health, Biology, Crowdsourcing, Community, DIY, Emerging...
Nithya Ramanathan's organization NexLeaf Analytics couples everyday objects like cell phones with sophisticated analytics to improve projects' impact. In one example, Nexleaf tracked seabirds' sounds on a distant island, and by processing the recordings with powerful servers, helped scientists better gauge the seabirds' risk of extinction. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, PopTech 2011, Science, Sustainability, Design, Engineering, Social...
Donald Ingber explains how taking an undergraduate sculpture course while learning how to culture cells led to an unexpected breakthrough in understanding cellular construction. He believes an open mind for serendipity correlates to innovations in a diverse range of fields -- from the "lung-on-a-chip" to "DNA origami." Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2010, Biology, Health, Innovation, Medicine
Jay Keasling, a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Energy disruptors shorts, Shorts, Energy disruptors, Emerging Tech,...
Can your social network make you fat? Affect your mood? Political scientist James H. Fowler reveals the dynamics of social networks, the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other. With Nicholas A. Christakis, Fowler recently coauthored, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Collaboration, Community, Internet, PopTech 2009
Co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Paul Van Zyl has devoted his career to human rights. The South African has been helping his country out of apartheid through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Van Zyl calls on America to hold its own commission to "openly and publicly" confront the torture that recently occurred in Guantanamo and elsewhere. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Conflict, Justice, Africa, Human Rights, Freedom, PopTech 2009
Social Innovation Fellow Salinee Tavaranan and the Border Green Energy Team are helping to bring light to some of the world's darkest places. She and her team work on the border of her homeland, Thailand, and Burma, a country that's been embroiled in civil war for over sixty years, to bring solar power to clinics and medical facilities that desperately need it. Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Energy, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, solar, Green, Health, Politics,...
This spreadsheet is an index to the poptech collection on Internet Archive showing derived MPEG2 duration/run time as well as other metadata about individual items. Useful for determining which poptech videos can be fit into a 30 or 60 minute programming block. Topics: PopTech, Index